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Brian Katz was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1966.  He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he majored in accounting.  He graduated from IU in 1988 with a B.S. with highest distinction.  While at IU, Mr. Katz received the highest award conferred by the IU School of Business.  Before graduating, Mr. Katz sat for and passed the 1988 Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination in Indianapolis.  Mr. Katz then went on to attend the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia.  There, he was Executive Editor of the Virginia Tax Review.  He was awarded his J.D. from UVA in 1991.


Following graduation from UVA, Mr. Katz returned to Memphis where he clerked for the Hon. Julia S. Gibbons on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.  At the time she was appointed, Judge Gibbons was the youngest woman ever appointed to the federal bench, and she now sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  At the conclusion of that clerkship, Mr. Katz joined a large law firm in Memphis before joining Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, P.C., a noted, high-profile criminal defense firm.  There, Mr. Katz worked closely with Marvin Ballin, Esq., and Leslie Ballin, Esq., two of the most respected criminal law attorneys in the State of Tennessee.  There, Mr. Katz gained invaluable trial experience, cross-examining literally hundreds of police officers and trying three capital murder cases to verdict.  In that position, Mr. Katz also got his first experience representing individuals who were injured by the negligence of others and gained even more valuable jury trial experience.


Mr. Katz moved to Paducah, Kentucky, in 1996, and formed his own firm in 1998.  Since then, Mr. Katz has focused primarily on family law, divorce, domestic relations, and personal injury, representing exclusively the injured party.  Within his personal injury practice, Mr. Katz has developed an extensive Jones Act and general maritime practice representing injured Jones Act seamen who work on the inland rivers of the United States.  Paducah, Kentucky, is the hub of the inalnd river system in the United States, and Mr. Katz is proud to represent the hard working men and women who work on the river.  Mr. Katz formed a partnership with L. Jeff Bloomfield, Esq., of Memphis, Tennessee, who has over thirty (30) years representing injured river workers.  Together, Mr. Katz and Mr. Bloomfield represent numerous seamen injured on the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, the Cumberland River, and the Tennessee River.  


Mr. Katz is rated an AV+ Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale Hubble, the highest possible rating.


Practice areas


  1. Admiralty & Maritime: 50%
    17 years
  2. Family: 25%
    25 years
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    25 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Edward Box

    I endorse this lawyer. Brian does a great job for injured seaman who worked on the inland rivers and waterways.


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Contact info

2226 Broadway St Ste 1
Po Box 2903
Paducah, KY, 42001-7112


KYAuthorized to practice law199711/19/2012
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Executive EditorVirginia Tax Review1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Brian S. Katz1998 - Present
PartnerBloomfield & Katz1999 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
McCracken County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2013 - Present
Beaux Ties for the Arts, LLCPresident2012 - Present
Kentucky Justice AssociationMember2010 - Present
Paducah - McCracken County Convention Center Corp.Board of Directors2007 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Judicial Conference of the United States Defender Services ProgramCJA Panel AttorneyN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Richard Taylor v. TECO Barge Line, Inc.Jury verdict upheld on appeal
Smith v. Excel Maintenance Services, Inc. - 617 F.Supp2d 520 (W.D. Ky 2008)Mr. Katz client won on motion for summary judgment.
Bollengier v. Charlet - 141 S.W.3d 14 (Ky. App. 2004)In favor of Mr. Katz's client.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Tennessee Trial Lawyer, Spring 2007Recent Developments in Identifying Jones Act Cases2007
Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Volume 9, No. 1Single-Asset Real Estate Cases and the Good Faith Requirement: Why Reluctance to Ask Whether a Case Belongs in Bankruptcy May Lead to the Incorrect Result1992
Boston University Journal of Tax Law, Volume 9, November 1991The Receipt of a Partnership Profits Interest for Services: Does Campbell v. Commissioner Settle the Issue Once and for All?1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Commonwealth of Kentucky District Court Judges ConferenceDebt Collection - Best Practices2009
KATA Spring Seminar, Destin 2007Recent Developments in Identifying Jones Act Cases2007